New England Microgrids Workshop to Feature Regional Leaders in Local Energy, Resiliency

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IDEA President to Address Regional Microgrid Workshop hosted by Pace Energy and Climate Center

More than 100 New England community leaders, policymakers, business leaders and residents are expected to attend Microgrids in New England: A Workshop Series for Communities and Stakeholders, an October 10 event in Hartford focused on the potential for microgrids to promote energy efficiency and reliability in Connecticut cities and towns. International District Energy Association (IDEA) President & CEO Rob Thornton will deliver opening remarks to kick off the one-day event, the first in a series focused on the untapped potential for microgrids in the Northeast hosted by the Pace Energy and Climate Center.

Microgrids in New England: A Workshop Series for Communities and Stakeholders
Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Connecticut Legislative Office Building, Public Hearing Room 2E
300 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Workshop Program & Registration: http://www.law.pace.edu/news-events

The workshop will feature informative presentations and panel discussions on the benefits, challenges and opportunities of microgrids with a focus on Connecticut’s leadership in developing and deploying microgrids. Speakers will include government officials, industry representatives and community leaders from Connecticut and beyond who are working to implement community-scale microgrids and district energy systems. Registration is free but availability is limited.

The Pace Energy and Climate Center event is sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the University of Connecticut Center for Energy and Environmental Law and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. Daniel Esty, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, will deliver remarks.

The International District Energy Association (IDEA) is an independent, non-profit industry association formed in 1909 with headquarters in Westborough, Massachusetts which represents the interests of approximately 2000 members from 26 countries involved in operation, design, construction and optimization of district heating, district cooling and CHP (cogeneration) systems, with a majority of members in North America, as well as Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

The Pace Energy and Climate Center promotes economic and equitable alternatives to the world’s growing dependence upon traditional fuels—a dependence that produces severe environmental, economic and social harm. These alternatives form the basis of our vision for a sustainable energy future—a future that is more environmentally benign and that attends to the long term economic needs of nations, regions, and communities.

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